News From The North Week 70

2 02 2011

Last night RTE Television showed a pretty ace documentary on the history of one of the mags I write for: Hot Press. Now in it’s 34th year and 800th issue, I’ve been with them for three years this month and everyone involved with the publication are nice people and I always have a lot of fun writing bits and bobs and making the odd joke about Showaddy Waddy (as is my way).

So, with that in mind, here’s a reprint of my first NI news column of the year. Oh, and if you missed the Doc you can catch it again on


Words: Edwin McFee

Happy New Year readers, and welcome along to the very first NI news column of 2011. For the past couple of years we’ve broken exclusive stories on the likes of Fighting with Wire, Two Door Cinema Club, And So I Watch You From Afar, General Fiasco and more and fingers crossed the next 12 months will be another bumper year for new nordy acts. Sadly though, we start off this latest missive with some unfortunate news. Ozzmium (arguably one of the most exciting live bands in the country right now) have somewhat strangely decided to call it a day and are playing their last show on Jan 22 at the Hide Out in Warrenpoint. At the time of going to press the reasons for the split were unclear, but we’d like to wish everyone involved the best of luck with whatever they do next. Hot Press will, as ever, keep you up to speed on their future endeavors.

As one door closes, another opens though and for all of you people who are still mourning the demise of the Black Bear Saloon a few months ago (I know I haven’t stopped sobbing for months now) you’ll be pleased to learn that most of the members (minus their singer Aaron…) have formed a new band and they play their first show on Jan 15 in Auntie Annie’s, Belfast. While the lads currently don’t have a new name, they’re batting around the moniker of Black Throat Monsoon in the meantime and also appearing on the bill are Comply or Die. We’re not sure about you, but we reckon We Hate Ron could be a great new name for the ex-BBS boys…. (we only joke because we care).

No strangers to line-up changes themselves, the Lowly Knights are preparing to embark on a tour of England and Scotland and will be about to play their first show by the time you read this. If you happen to be over in Blighty anytime soon then the dates for your diary are Jan 19-the play the Inn on the Green in London, Jan 20-they’re in the Hope, Brighton, Jan 22-they perform in the Lot, Edinburgh and on Jan 23 they round off their tour in Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s, Glasgow.

Finally this fortnight, news reaches us that the always entertaining Trucker Diablo are celebrating the launch of their new video for the touching ballad ‘Drink Beer Destroy.’ The clip is currently play-listed on Scuzz TV and it’s great to see the lads do their thing on the telly. The band’s debut The Devil Rhythm was also chosen as Rock Radio NI’s album of 2010 and expect big things from the four-piece over the next 12 months or so.




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